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Poodle dies in Pa. house blaze

September 10, 2000

Poodle dies in Pa. house blaze



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was to be called in to investigate a fire that killed a family pet and caused extensive damage to a Greene Township home Sunday afternoon.

Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co. Deputy Chief Bobby Albrecht estimated damage at about $30,000 to home of Richard and Naomi Kissinger, 2962 Cook Road. The cause of the fire, which began in a first-floor den to the rear of the house, had not been determined Sunday afternoon.

Albrecht said Naomi Kissinger was home alone when the fire was reported at about 1:32 p.m. "She heard a noise and the dog began barking. She came downstairs and discovered the fire," Albrecht said.

No one was injured in the fire, which took less than 10 minutes to bring under control, but a small poodle was killed in the blaze, Albrecht said. Fire damage was mostly limited to the den. There was heavy smoke and heat damage to the rest of the first floor of the frame house and minor smoke and heat damage to the second floor, Albrecht said.

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He said firefighters spent about 90 minutes salvaging and overhauling the scene. The charred remains of a big screen television, stereo, furniture and other belongings had been hauled out to the patio behind the house.

"Everything in the room was a total loss," he said.

Firefighters from Fayetteville were assisted by units from the Franklin, New Franklin and Mont Alto fire companies, along with the Franklin County Air Unit, Albrecht said.

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